PETAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Enhancing The Quality of Education in the Petal School District
The primary purpose of the Petal School District Education Foundation is to enhance the quality of education in the Petal School District by providing private funding to have a positive impact on our public schools.
The goal of the Foundation is to enhance the quality of education in the Petal School District by:
Rewarding students by providing scholarships to Petal High School graduates.
Encouraging innovative programs in the classroom by offering mini-grants for teachers.
Providing assistance to early childhood/early program.
Supporting the fine arts and athletic program.
The Petal Education Foundation relies on the generous donations of its supporters to fund the many activities, events, scholarships and grants throughout the year.
Donations to General Operations ensures that the mission of the Petal Education Foundation is carried out on a daily basis, all year long.
PETAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Board of Directors
President - Valerie Wilson
Vice President - Chris Causey
Secretary - Dr. Matt Dillon*
Recording Secretary - Margaret Kendrick
Treasurer - Sheryle Coaker
Executive Director - Leahne Lightsey*
Pacely Alford, Dr. Dustie Dunn, Gary Graves, Scott Holmes, Dr. William Lewis, Dr. Jack Linton
Anthony McCullum, Sheila Smallwood, Leann Swafford, Si Thompson. Not pictured: Genna Robinson, Georgetta Powers
*Non Voting Members
Raising Future Generations of Leaders and Volunteers
Mini Grants For Teachers
In The Petal School District
The Petal Education Foundation Mini Grant program for teachers has grown from 4 mini grants @ $500.00 each to 13 @ $1000.00 equaling to date $92,000.00
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
The Petal Education Foundation serves as the “Local Champion” for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Registered babies from birth through five years old who live in the 39465 area receive a free book each month up to their 5th birthday
Petal Ambassadors Program
The Petal Education Foundation was the catalyst for the development of the Petal School District Ambassador organization for high school juniors and seniors.
Petal School District Teacher of the Year
Petal School District Administrator of the Year
The Petal Education Foundation awards the “Petal School District Teacher of the Year” with monetary gifts as well as the “Administrator of the Year.”
Petal Excel By 5
The Petal Education Foundation is the fiscal partner and primary fundraiser of Petal’s Excel By 5 - Petal's Early Childhood Education Initiative. The Petal Education Foundation was instrumental in planning and funding
the Petal Excel By 5 Backyard Bus
Petal Schools Academic Yard Signs
The Petal Education Foundation sponsors the Academic Honor Yard Signs that students receive each nine weeks
Student/Staff Assistance Fund
The Petal Education Foundation aids Petal School District staff, faculty and students when tragedy occurs through the Student/Staff Assistance Fund
Petal Schools Employee Fund
The Petal Education Foundation initiates a school district fundraising campaign whereby employees can donate. One fund is the ‘Friends of the Foundation’ Dependent Scholarship fund where graduating seniors meeting the criteria receive a ‘Friends of the Foundation’ scholarship. The average scholarship totals $300.00 each.
Scholarships To Graduating Seniors
of Petal High School
To date, the Petal Education Foundation has awarded more than 503 scholarships totaling nearly $331,840.00.
Brunch for Petal Schools Retirees
The Petal Education Foundation hosts Petal School District retirees each Christmas with a themed brunch.